|Decorating with Candles
Candles have an ability to reach something inside
us in a way that few things in our modern world can. There is
an emotional trigger to that small flame that enriches our lives.
The following tips will help you display your candles to their
- Group candlesticks of different heights
for more visual impact.
- Place a floral arrangement or gathered
natural materials around candelabras, and candlesticks.
Use this only with tall candle
holders. For safety the candle socket must be well above the
florals to keep them out of the flame zone.
- Votives - always burn motive in votive
holders for best results. Votive holders are available in a
wide variety of styles and colors, more elaborate ones are
decorative elements without any additional work. A more
elaborate arrangement can be made with multiple votives. Try
arranging them around the bath, bedroom, or hot tub for a
romantic mood setter. This works best with lots of votives.
- Large floating candles in the pool can
really set the mood for your next party.
Remove all flammable items from the pool and
its edges first.
- Floating Candles - wax floats, and any
candle wider than it is tall should float upright. A
pedestal fruit bowl makes a beautiful container to display
floating candles. Let some matching flower blossoms, or
petals float with them. Floating candles always look best in
multiples. Really shock your guests at your next party - put
some floaters in the bath (only if no young kids are
- Group same color candles of varying
shapes and sizes for an interesting effect.
- Choose a candle holder for its own style.
Being able to burn candles in it is just an added benefit.
- Add some visual warmth to that unused
fireplace in the summer by grouping some candles inside.
- Parties / Showers / Weddings - Use
floating candles as table centerpieces. Themed candles make
DO IT YOURSELF
Here are some tips for making your own candle
holders and displays. Take care that any flammable materials
used are out of the flame zone.
- Terra Cotta flower pots and saucers.
- Plug hole with putty before using.
- Can be decorated with paint, stucco,
- Stack for interesting variations. Use
clear silicone adhesive to bond together.
- Interesting groupings can be made
with different size pots.
- Large Saucers
- Fill with Gravel or sand as a base
for one or more candles. Fish tank gravel works well.
- Add other objects to create a theme
such as sand, driftwood, and seashells.
- Luminary Lantern
- Drill a pattern of holes in a tin
- Spray paint.
- Looks great in the garden.